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    Map of the Lincoln Center Complex 92nd Street Y
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, 10023. Primary venue for Chamber music and Jazz, with a seating capacity of 1,096.
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    92nd Street Y
    Alice Tully Hall
    70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, 10023. Primary venue for Chamber music and Jazz, with a seating capacity of 1,096.
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    Alice Tully Hall Avery Fisher Hall
    Located at the northern end of Lincoln Center Plaza at 65th St. Seating capacity: 2,738. Home to the New York Philharmonic orchestra and the Great Performers Series.
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    Avery Fisher Hall
    Carnegie Hall
    57th Street & 7th Avenue. 2,804 seat, curvilinear Isaac Stern Auditorium.
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    Carnegie Hall City Center
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    City Center
    Juilliard Concert Hall
    144 W 66th St., New York, NY 10023. Intimate, 270 seat hall features student recitals- great upscale but not pricey date destination.
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    Juilliard Concert Hall Paul Recital Hall
    60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023.
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    Paul Recital Hall
    Radio City Music Hall
    6th Ave (Between 50th and 51st Sts.) The "Palace of the People" since 1932- host to Sinatra, Tony Bennett and today's popular entertainers.
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    Radio City Music Hall Theater at Madison Square Garden
    4 Pennsylvania Plaza, 7th Ave at 32nd St.
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    Theater at Madison Square Garden

    New York City is world renowned for its culture and hosts concerts from internationally famed artistes and musicians -from classical to zydeco- every year. Part of Manhattan's attraction is the city itself. Another magnet is the number of acoustically superb concert halls and venues throughout the city and surrounding boroughs. These halls include Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side and midtown's Carnegie Hall.

    List of Concerts in New York City:

    To check on "who is playing where" go to one of the many sites that both post and sell tickets to musical performances of every music idiom: Everyone has heard of Carnegie Hall, many have attended performances there. Perhaps you are not aware, but Carnegie Hall has three performance spaces. The largest, the Isaac Stern Auditorium with 2,804 seats, the Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall with 599 seats, and the Weill Recital Hall (originally the Chamber Music Hall) with 268 Seats. What most have heard is that the recital halls of Carnegie Hall are home to the most superb acoustics in New York City. This feature makes the halls ideal sound transmitting instruments- "It is said that the hall itself is an instrument," said the late Isaac Stern. "It takes what you do and makes it larger than life."

    The largest hall at Carnegie Hall, dedicated as the Isaac Stern Auditorium in 1996, has been the premier classical music performance space in the United States since its opening in 1891, showcasing the world's greatest soloists, conductors, and ensembles. Throughout its century-plus history, it has also hosted important jazz events, historic lectures, noted educational forums, and much more. Designed by architect and cellist William Burnett Tuthill and renovated in 1986, the auditorium's striking curvilinear design allows the stage to become a focal point embraced by five levels of seating.

    Located on the third floor of Carnegie Hall, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Recital Hall is an intimate space ideal for recitals, chamber music concerts, symposia, discussions, master classes, and more. This elegant auditorium evokes a Belle Epoque salon and is "remarkable for the symmetry of its proportions and the beauty of its decorations," according to a review from the hall's 1891 opening.

    The Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall opened in September 2003 to showcase a broad spectrum of performing and educational events. When it first opened its doors in 1891, Carnegie Hall comprised three auditoriums: the Main Hall, the Chamber Music Hall, and the Recital Hall, located underneath the Main Hall. The Recital Hall was leased to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1895 and was used as a theater by various groups until the early 1960s, when it was converted to a cinema. In 1997, a process began to reclaim the space for its original purpose, and construction began to create a versatile auditorium generally seating 599, with alternate stage configurations of different capacities.

    Acoustics:

    Acoustics, not necessarily the number of seats in a concert hall, make it a desirable venue for musicians and artistes. Desirable acoustics include all of the following:
    • The audience must be able to hear the proper sound balance for each voice or instrument.
    • Those performing on the stage must clearly hear everyone else performing on the stage.
    • There must not be any extraneous sounds within the concert space.
    • The performances themselves must be inaudible outside the concert space.
    For more information regarding music acoustics, go to: http://arts.ucsc.edu/EMS/Music/tech_background/TE-02/teces_02.html.